New Stage Theatre Company presents the world premiere of this politically charged multi-media piece inspired by Charles L. Mee's play 'The Rules.' More…
Ildiko Nemeth’s 'Rules' is an of-the-moment performance piece channeling the anxiety of our time. Faithful to Mee’s collage-like approach to drama, it brings together voices of the marginalized, objectified, and simply horrified to question what rules inform our reality. Who is writing them? What does it mean to fight for cohesion or unity?
"While Mee’s original text questions the so-called guidelines we humans invent in order to elude bigger existential woes, Nemeth takes this exploration in an exciting new direction...The beauty of this adaptation lies in its balance between harrowing truth moments and fierce tenderness. The ensemble delivers a cynical smirk, followed by a real plea for complicated, serious human connection...Prepare to feel confused, curious, and utterly understood." Full Review
“Ildiko Nemeth's version hauntingly places a native woman on stage at the very beginning of the evening…I can’t say that much of the rest of the play moved me in a similar way. The trick of Mee’s collages is to stay universal without becoming unplayable…I wanted the play to get dirtier, tearing us from this gallery space into the cruel realities of our work ahead. ‘Rules’ doesn’t deliver here and remains a shiny, pleasant version of what could really cut into the viciousness of our time.” Full Review
See it if You want to (theoretically) see a show in an uptown youth hostel, where you may be directed to a meeting room and just left.
Don't see it if I left after 30 minutes of sitting in the meeting room. I can't comment on the show because I didn't see it.
See it if If experimental theatre is your thing; if you are into actors who do very long monologues; if you like plays with anarchistic-type of vibes.
Don't see it if You are not a fan of plays with a Big-Brother-Is-Watching/Too-Many-Rules vibe. If you're not a fan of politically-charged multi-media plays.
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